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By MarthaJ On 2014.10.05 15:32
Has anyone experienced this with their PWP? My 70 y.o. husband had arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery on 9/11. He's now having issues with his memory and ability to understand concepts. Most of the time he seems fine but we have a legal issue we're dealing with and I can't trust his judgment. I can actually document his problems due to a letter he's written and revised several times, so I know I'm not imaging what's happening.

I know Post Operative Cognitive Decline can happen, and I know Parkinson's complicates things. I also know what I really want - I want you all to tell me he'll be his old self soon. And I know that's not what's going to happen. :(

Any insight, encouragement, or words of wisdom for me?


By LOHENGR1N On 2014.10.05 20:12
Martha, Welcome to the forum. After surgery it takes Us Parkinson's patient a lot longer to recover from the effects . Think months rather than weeks and weeks rather than days. That said he might be back to himself in awhile. Not as soon as you're hoping for but not all bad news either. It's a known fact it takes Us a lot longer to clear the cobwebs out however many doctors don't tell the patient or family. Keep your fingers crossed and although not as soon as you'd like He should be back to his old self or close to it in time. Not great news but not bad news either. Again welcome to the forum. take care, best of luck and hang in there.

By bksquared On 2014.10.05 23:54
Thanks for this info. My husband is about to have hernia surgery. I told the surgeon he could not have it under General anesthesia because of the potential side effects to his Parkinson's. The surgeon needed to give us an alternative to general. The surgery will be performed by local infusion. Your experience confirms my fears and reaffirms my decision

By MarthaJ On 2014.10.06 13:37
Thanks for the welcome Al... I've been reading the forum for a couple of years and replied to one of your posts re: Agent Orange in 2012. The site apparently deleted my account so I had to reapply in order to post the above.

I know he needs time to recover, I'll keep hoping for the best for him.

By gram2 On 2014.10.16 13:09
My hubby was totally out of his head for a week after hip surgery. Almost a year later he is much better but certainly not the man he used to be. It is impossible to know how much of the problem is due to surgery, how much to old age, and how much to PK. I do know that I would think long and hard before I submitted myself to anaesthesia and would strongly resist allowing it for my hubby again.

By makrivah On 2014.10.16 22:22
Yikes! These posts frighten me. My PWP had an MRI for lower back and leg pain in mid-September. Now the docs are talking surgery. What a dilemma. We have an appointment with spine specialist (orthopedic surgeon) and then a neurologist/movement specialist Oct. 30 and Nov 3. I sure don't want my PWP to be in pain, but am terrified of after effects of surgery and how it might worsen his situation. Just venting...I know y'all care.

Oh, since mid-September I've been diagnosed with lots of troubles in my neck (C1 through T1). I've had 13 cortisone shots in my neck to control pain. PWP is fully aware of my trips to doctors and treatments. So far his only question/comment has been "you aren't going to get a hump are you?" Such compassion. Kinda sad, ain't it? Again, just venting.. Thanks for letting me whine on your shoulder.

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